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Adafruit's pink vinyl record

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Our friends at Adafriuit, makers of cool electronic kits and components, have announced their first vinyl record: Frequency by Bartlebeets. They say it's the "soundtrack to your soldering." They are giving away the digital version at the link above.

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Watch Rough Cut of the ‘Star Wars’ Cantina Scene

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The rough cut of the Star Wars cantina scene is a thing that crops up online every once in a while, thanks to it having been a part of the Star Wars: Behind the Magic CD-ROM release way back in 1998. This cut of the cantina scene features rough early audio and no music, but some of the dialogue is different, the performances are often very different, and there’s a good bit of material that didn’t make the final cut. So if you haven’t seen the Star Wars cantina scene rough cut, watch below.

This is a great scene to watch if you’re really familiar with the original, because in addition to some obvious big changes, you’ll quickly be able to spot innumerable small nips and tucks. That’s one of the nuts and bolts of film editing — making sure everything is shaped just so that the flow is right, and the key points get across. This rough cut gets the point across in a general fashion, even taking the early audio into account, but the final version is so much more clean, without losing its unique feel.

And, of course, Han shoots first. (And has a lady friend!)

In addition, there are some great pieces of early art to go with this, from Raiders of the Lost Tumblr.

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[Dangerous Minds]

The post Watch Rough Cut of the ‘Star Wars’ Cantina Scene appeared first on /Film.

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Bummer: The Wil Wheaton Project is Cancelled

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It was fun while it lasted, but today Wil Wheaton reported to the internet that his eponymous show has been cancelled by Syfy. Relating the call he received from a channel executive, Wil wrote:

He assured me that it wasn’t the quality of the show. He told me again and again how much he loved it, how funny he thought it was, how much he liked me, how much he wanted to find other things to do together.

Ultimately, he told me, the executives in New York just didn’t think we had enough viewers to justify more episodes. I didn’t say anything about the total lack of promotion off the network, or point out that our ratings were on par with The Soup, or that ratings are always lower in summer than the fall. I didn’t bother saying any of that, because I know he knows that. I was reasonably confident that he made those arguments with New York when he was trying to get the show renewed. I presume he fought hard for us, but ultimately couldn’t sway executives in New York who never seemed — in my opinion — to really understand what kind of show we were doing, who I was and why I was hosting it, and how to engage with and promote to the audience who would like it.

Go ahead and read the rest of his blog post, because he does a great job explaning how he’s dealing with the news, and that he’s okay with it. He knows the show was good, we know the show was good, and we can all be happy we got the chance to enjoy it. Plus, we know that Tabletop Season 3 is coming, so there’s plenty of Wil-infused goodness to come.

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9 Things You Can Do to Celebrate INTERNATIONAL BACON DAY!

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I just woke up this morning and remembered that today is INTERNATIONAL BACON DAY! Since I never really stop working, I went online and looked if anyone had written anything in honor of the day, and all I saw is… nothing. SHOCKING RIGHT? :)

So in honor of the day, here are nine things you can do to celebrate the most holy of holidays for bacon lovers.

1-Put yourself in the mood by listening to these bacon-themed songs

2-Inform yourselves with these infographics

17 Tasty Tips on Bacon
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20 Awesome Things about Bacon
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3- Check out the Bacon Flowchart
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4-Invoke the Bacon Demon

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5-Wear a Bacon Helmet from Skyrim

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6-Explain Social Media with Bacon

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7-Share a thousand-piece bacon cheeseburger with a few friends (because obviously, you cannot eat this alone)

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8-Ride a Baconsaurus
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And lastly…

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Stupid Security In A Security System

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[Yaehob]‘s parents have a security system in their house, and when they wanted to make a few changes to their alarm rules – not arming the bathroom at night – an installer would come out, plug a box into the main panel, press a few buttons, and charge 150 €. Horrified at the aspect of spending that much money to flip a few bits, [yaehob] set out to get around the homeowner lockout on the alarm system, and found security where he wasn’t expecting.

Opening the main panel for the alarm system, [yaehob] was greeted with a screeching noise. This was the obvious in retrospect tamper-evident seal on the alarm box, easily silenced by entering a code on the keypad. The alarm, however, would not arm anymore, making the task of getting ‘installer-level’ access on the alarm system a top priority.

After finding a DE-9 serial port on the main board, [yaehob] went to the manufacturer’s website thinking he could download some software. The website does have the software available, but only for authorized distributors, installers, and resellers. You can register as one, though, and no, there is no verification the person filling out a web form is actually a distributor, installer, or reseller.dist

Looking at the installer and accompanying documentation, [yaehob] could see everything, but could not modify anything. To do that would require the installer password, which, according to the documentation was between four and six characters. The system also responded quickly, so brute force was obviously the answer here.

After writing up a quick script to go through all the possible passwords, [yaehob] started plugging numbers into the controller board. Coming back a bit later, he noticed something familiar about what was returned when the system finally let him in. A quick peek at where his brute force app confirmed his suspicions; the installer’s code was his postal code.

From the installer’s point of view, this somewhat makes sense. Any tech driving out to punch a few numbers into a computer and charge $200 will always know the postal code of where he’s driving to. From a security standpoint, holy crap this is bad.

Now that [yaehob]‘s parents are out from under the thumb of the alarm installer, he’s also tacked on a little bit of security of his own; the installer’s code won’t work anymore. It’s now changed to the house number.


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LISTEN: Radioactive watches, love gloves, iPhone 6, keyboard wrist pad

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